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MTO 2023-24 Highway Infrastructure Innovation Funding Program

Opportunity Name2023/2024 Highway Infrastructure Innovation Funding Program
AgencyOntario Ministry of Transportation (MTO)
ValueSubject to budget approval
Indirect CostsEligible at 25%
Duration1 year
Application due to FSc RO at for full review02-01-2023
Application and fully signed ORS checklist due to FSc RO at for mandatory review02-08-2023
Final application and fully signed ORS checklist due at ORS for mandatory review02-13-2023, by 9:00AM
Application due at agency 02-15-2023, by 5:00PM
  • To supplement the technical research expertise at the Ministry by providing HIIFP funding to eligible Ontario universities and colleges.
  • To encourage Ontario’s academic community to conduct research that will contribute to the generation of innovative solutions to current technical challenges experienced during the construction and maintenance of the provincial highway infrastructure network. 
  • To aid the MTO in achieving its strategic plan. 

A diverse range of specific research topics have been developed by MTO that outline: 1.) the background of the research requirement, 2.) the challenge or problem to be addressed, and 3.) the anticipated outcome and/or research deliverables. 

Applicants may choose from one of the following MTO provided specific research topics or submit their own research topic (i.e., an open research topic): 

  1. Assessing Electric Vehicle (EV) Charing Infrastructure Gaps and Opportunities Across Ontario 
  2. Researching the Effectiveness of Species at Risk (SAR) Bat Habitat Compensation Measures Implemented on Select Ministry of Transportation Projects 
  3. Rheology Investigation of Hot Applied Rubberized Asphalt Waterproofing Membranes for Concrete Structures 
  4. Investigating the Pavement Impact in Spring to Support Spring Load Restriction Impact in Asset Management 
  5. Incorporating Climate Change into Rainfall Prediction 
  6. Safe Accommodation of Active Transportation Through Highway Interchanges – Balancing the Needs of Cyclists, Pedestrians, and Motorists 
  7. Quantifying Greenhouse Gasses Emitted During Congestion, Construction Staging, and Other Temporary Traffic Conditions 
  8. Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and Targets for Demonstrating Sustainability and Climate Action Progress in Highway Design 
  9. Foundation Frost Penetration Depths for Northern & Southern Ontario 
  10. Investigating Impacts of Construction Contaminants to Fibre Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Internal Reinforcing Bars 
  11. Development of Simplified Design Methodology for Specification of Galvanic Anode Systems in Bridges 
  12. Risk Based Analysis of Bridge Inspection Frequency Depending on Type and Age of Bridge 
  13. Backfill Between Piling and CSP in Integral Abutment Bridges 
  14. A Project to Scope Pilot Implementation of Green Light Counters at Standard Traffic Signals to Better Understand Their Impact on Vehicle Collisions at Signalized Intersections in Ontario 

Please see the attached HIIFP Program Guide for detailed information on each specific research topic.


All of Ontario’s 23 public universities and 24 colleges are eligible for funding under the HIIFP. The Principal Researcher must be a member of the faculty (full or part-time) at the sponsoring institution.


How to Apply

York University researchers are reminded that all applications for external research funding, including Letters of Intent, must be reviewed and approved by the Office of Research Services before they are submitted to the granting agency.  For internal approval, the application must be accompanied by a completed ORS Checklist, which requires the Dean’s signature.  Please send the complete application, with the finalized budget and a completed ORS checklist to, five days prior to agency deadline.

ORS is accepting electronic applications – the process is outlined here.

For specific questions, please contact FSc Research Services at